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Tipsy Laird Recipe – A Great Scottish Trifle

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Tipsy Laird to the Scots, also known as Scottish Trifle, is a softer, more flavourful version of the traditional trifle. No doubt the Tipsy is a descriptive word for how one may feel after eating this rich Drambuie flavoured dessert!

Tipsy Laird is the Scots, also know as Scottish Trifle, it is a softer, more flavourful version of the traditional trifle.  No doubt the “Tipsy” is a descriptive word for how one may feel after eating this rich Drambuie flavoured dessert!

Tipsy Laird is the delicious Scottish trifle dessert that gets its name by the addition of the famous Scottish Drambuie Liqueur.

Our Tipsy Laird is prepared with sponge cake, ratafia biscuits, custard and our Sun Dried Cherry and Maple Cappuccino sauces. To save time the sponge cake and ratafia biscuits can be purchased, but we’ve provided recipes for each so that you can make your own. Tipsy Laird should be made 24 hours before serving.

Tipsy Laird is perfect for any holiday entertaining, but required for a Robert Burns Dinner! Serves 8 generous portions.

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Printable Recipe


One Recipe   Sponge cake, cut in 2″ cubes (recipe below)
1 Cup   Sun Dried Cherry Sauce
1/2 Cup   Maple Cappuccino Sauce
1 Cup   Ratafia Biscuits, crumbled (recipe below)
1 Cup   Drambuie (for the Tipsy!)
2 Cups   Custard Sauce, (recipe below)
1/2 Cup   Raspberries, fresh
1/2 Cup   Blackberries, fresh
1/2 Cup   Blueberries, fresh
1 Cup   Whipping cream, unwhipped
1/4 Cup   Almonds, slivered and toasted
3/4 Cup   Cake flour, sifted
1 tsp   Baking powder
1/4 tsp   Salt
4   Eggs, large, separated
3/4 Cup   Sugar, white, granulated
1 tsp   Vanilla, pure
1/4 tsp   Cream of tartar
  Egg whites
1/8 tsp   Salt
1/2 tsp   Cream of tartar
3/4 Cup   Sugar, white, granulated
2 Cups   Almonds, ground
2 Cups   Whole milk or 10% cream
6   Egg yolks
1/4 Cup   Sugar, white, granulated
1 tsp   Vanilla, pure


Tipsy Laird Recipe Instructions


1. Preheat oven to 375˚F. Grease a 15 ½”x 10 ½” x 1” jelly-roll pan. Line with parchment paper. Lightly grease again and sprinkle with a light coat of flour. Shake away any excess flour.

2. Sift the flour, baking powder and salt together. Then sift again!

3. In a large mixing bowl, beat the egg yolks until thick and lemon coloured, approximately 5 minutes. Gradually add ½ cup of the granulated sugar and beat until fluffy. Blend in the vanilla and beat for 5 minutes. Stir in half of the sifted flour mixture and mix until blended. Add the remaining flour mixture and mix until blended. The batter will be thick.

4. In another bowl, beat the egg whites until foamy. Add the cream of tartar and beat until soft peaks form. Gradually add the remaining ¼ cup of sugar. The egg whites should hold stiff peaks and be moist. Stir 1/4 of the egg whites into the batter to create a sponge texture. Then gently fold the remaining egg whites into the batter. Spoon the batter into the prepared pan and evenly spread it to the corners of the pan.

5. Place in the middle of the bottom rack of the preheated oven. Bake for 15 – 20 minutes, or until the cake is golden and the top of the cake springs back when lightly pressed with a finger. Remove the cake from the oven and turn it onto a cooling rack. Allow to cool to room temperature. Cut into 2” pieces.


Makes approximately 3 dozen cookies

1. Preheat the oven to 200 F. Place a silpat or parchment paper on a cookie sheet and set aside.

2. In a large mixing bowl, using a whisk or egg beater, beat the egg whites until foamy. Add the salt and cream of tartar and continue beating until stiff. Gradually beat in the sugar, until the egg whites hold in stiff peaks. Carefully fold in the ground almonds.

3. Drop the batter onto the lined cookie sheet. The cookies do not rise or spread much, so they can be placed fairly close together – but not touching.

4. Bake for 1 to 1-1/4 hours or until just slightly browned. Allow to cool, then carefully peel off the paper. Repeat with the remaining batter.


1. Beat the egg yolks and sugar together.

2. In a sauce pan on medium, heat the milk until it is scalding. Remove the saucepan from the burner.

3. Add ¼ cup of the hot milk to the egg mixture. Beat the mixture on medium speed in a mixer, or as fast as you can with a whisk. Continue slowly adding the warm milk to the egg mixture until all the milk has been beaten into the eggs. Transfer the mixture back to the saucepan. Cook over medium low heat, stirring constantly, until the mixture thickens enough to coat the back of a spoon. This will take 5 – 7 minutes. Add the vanilla and stir.

4. Pour the mixture through a fine mesh sieve into a clean bowl. Sprinkle sugar lightly over the top, or place a piece of plastic wrap directly on top of the custard to prevent a skin from forming. Cool and place in the fridge (up to 3 days) until you are ready to serve your Tipsy Laird.

Tipsy Laird – Putting it all together!

Sun Dried Cherry Sauce

Sun Dried Cherry Sauce

1. Place half the diced sponge cake in the base of an 8 cup glass bowl. Spread half the Sun Dried Cherry Sauce over the cake. Spread crumbled cookies evenly over the top. Drizzle the Maple Cappuccino sauce over the cookies. Arrange half of the raspberries, blueberries and blackberries over the cookies. Create another layer of cake, Sun Dried Cherry Sauce, cookies, raspberries, blueberries and blackberries

Maple Cappuccino Sauce

Maple Cappuccino Sauce

2. Drizzle the Drambuie evenly over the cake mixture. Spoon the custard sauce evenly over the top. Carefully cover the Tipsy Laird and chill for 24 hours.

3. Just before serving, whip the whipping cream in a bowl, beating until the cream holds soft peaks. For added flavour stir in 1 tsp Drambuie. Put the whipped cream on top of the trifle. Garnish with toasted slivered almonds. Tipsy Laird should be served immediately.  Cheers!

Tipsy Laird

Tipsy Laird (Scottish Trifle)

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Robert Burns Supper

Sun Dried Cherry Sauce

Sun Dried Cherry Sauce

Maple Cappuccino Sauce

Maple Cappuccino Sauce

Robbie Burns Day Menu
On January 25th, raise a glass to Scotland’s favourite bard and feast with your friends on this moderized Scottish menu.

Cedar-Planked Maple Salmon with Fennel Coleslaw, Tasting Style
Cock-a-Leekie Soup
Pulla Bread
Grilled Beef Tenderloin served on a Bed of Curried Potato
Oven Roasted Vegetables with Balsamic Vinegar and Roasted Garlic Olive Oil
Scottish Trifle (Tipsy Laird)
Maple Praline Shortbread Cookies
Coffee, Tea and assorted single malt Whiskey’s

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  1. Duncan

    5 out of 5 Delicious

    I like this version of trifle. The drambuie adds great flavour . The meringue biscuits add nice texture and the fruit is refreshing. I recommend this dessert for Robbie Burns dinner.

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